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Engineering Law

Survey of Engineering Law - ENG 4194

This course is a survey of legal topics relevant to engineers, including intellectual property, torts, and contracts. It is 2 credits.  Prerequisite: Second writing course or graduate status.

The goals of the course are as follows:

  • Gain substantive knowledge of legal topics that commonly affect engineers and their employers, and that often arise in current events.
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of how engineering problems fit within a broader legal framework.  Students develop the ability to anticipate and resolve legal issues that engineers and their employers may face.
  • Enhance their critical thinking and reading skills by analyzing a variety of legal and technical documents
  • Improve their written and oral communication skills by discussing legal issues which – like technical issues – require clear, concise, and logically sound communication.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the legal system
  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Property/Intellectual Property
  • Business Law